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Question about cb350 front end

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Hey guys, so I'm new to the forum and new to motorcycles so please don't make fun of me for asking stupid questions haha!

So I've recently picked up a 1973 Honda CB350. One of the things I have been wondering is regarding the front end.
So this is what my bike currently looks like:
Land vehicle Vehicle Motorcycle Motor vehicle Automotive tire

Here is the front end style that I am going for:
Land vehicle Vehicle Motorcycle Car Automotive tire

I was wondering what was done in order to make that front wheel closer to the frame? Was it an entirely new front end, or just a bigger rim/tire, or is it a simple adjustment to the stock forks?
Again, sorry if what I'm asking seems obvious, like I said, I'm new to bikes. I grew up on old trucks. Thank you everyone in advance for the help.
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Bikes aren't like cars - you don't lower them and expect handling to improve - in fact it's pretty much the opposite.

Your "style bike" is pretty much a riding nightmare. Crap tyres, reduced suspension travel / ground clearance, and a lower COG will negatively affect the braking characteristics (lowered bikes tend to "skid" under hard braking). Add in the low bars with standard footrests and you'll soon get to know your local chiropractor on a first name basis.

It might look cool to you, but it doesn't look cool to anyone who looks at bikes from a functional standpoint.
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He headed over to Honda Twins, he's looking for somewhere they'll tell him it's sensible. Question about cafe racer style cb350 front end
Link doesn't work anymore - maybe they took down the thread because he got his ass reamed for going for "a look"?

If so, I'm starting to have faith in humanity again.
Well, that's disappointing then.

And all he gets in answer to his "how did they shorten the forks" question is "its a different bike - they did nothing" or "they slid the forks up in the trees".

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